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Your chance to argue with Damo

So. This coming Saturday I will be talking about Speculative Fiction, and why it deserves the broadest possible respect and recognition, as part of the States of Independence publishers fair at De Montfort University in Leicester. I’ve been shooting my mouth off about this subject for some time, and now I’m going to do that in a public forum and give anyone interested the chance to challenge me. I think this is going to be fun!

An introduction to speculative fiction with Damien G. Walter
Speculative Fiction is one of the oldest forms of storytelling, with writers from Homer to Shakespeare drawing on the fantastic and supernatural to explore the edges of reality. The genres of Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction as well as magical realism and fabulism continue in the tradition. Damien G. Walter, writer of weird and speculative fiction and Guardian blogger gives a brief introduction to spec. fiction and why we love it.

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Places I will be

Looking at my diary yesterday I realised that I’m doing a number of talks and public events over the next few weeks. This is exciting and , of course, a little nerve wracking. Most of us are drawn to writing as a way to spend large amounts of time alone, in our own imaginations, drinking tea. So it comes as a shock then that writing also involves loads of standing in front of people speaking about things! My next few weeks looks like this:

  • Wednesday 2nd March – Talk on Writing for Social Media and finding your online community  – Beyond Distance Reasearch Alliance, University of Leicester
  • Wednesday 3rd March – Talk on Speculative Fiction and workshop – Loughborough University
  • Saturday 19th March – Speculative Fiction as modern myth – States of Independence, De Montfort University
  • Thursday  31st March – Writing, A Portfolio Career – De Montfort University, Leicester
  • Thursday 3rd April – Writing a story in the window of Waterstones – Crawley LitFest

States of Independence and Crawley LitFest are both public events, so it would be great to see any of you out there at either.